Waitrose pork

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Our pig farmers are located predominantly in East Anglia, where the light, free-draining soil and low rainfall provide ideal conditions for pig farming. The result is tender, fine-grained meat, with just the right amount of fat and plenty of flavour.

Waitrose is unique in producing all of its pork, sausage, bacon, easy-to-cook and cooked meat ranges from pigs from our dedicated farms, which means we can guarantee the same high quality and traceability in our pork pies as we do in our pork chops. It also enables us to use as much of the meat as possible, helping us to guarantee a satisfactory return to our farmers. This allows them to invest in sustainable farming methods to supply our pork in the future and encourage wildlife development on their land.

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essential Waitrose pork

essential Waitrose pork comes from outdoor-bred pigs.

All Waitrose sows live outdoors, free to roam in large paddocks with access to straw-bedded arcs or tents. Every Waitrose pig has free access to fresh straw, allowing them the freedom to create a comfy, warm bed.

Pigs are born outside and live with the sow outdoors until they’re weaned at around four weeks old. They’re then moved to bright, airy, straw-bedded barns and are fed a cereal-based diet created by our dedicated livestock nutritionist.

essential Waitrose pork can be found in all Waitrose stores sold in pre-packs.

Waitrose free range British pork

We sell three different breeds of free-range pork products - Hampshire sired, Berkshire sired and Gloucestershire Old Spot sired. All Waitrose free-range farms rear pigs exclusively for Waitrose and work within producer groups to ensure that they meet standards of animal welfare and animal husbandry.

Our free-range pigs spend their entire lives outdoors, with straw filled arcs and tents for shelter.

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Waitrose Hampshire sired free range pork

Waitrose Hampshire-sired free-range pork is reared on a limited number of specialist farms based in Norfolk, Suffolk and Wiltshire and is produced from pigs sired by Pedigree Hampshire boars. Hampshire pork is renowned for its succulence tenderness and superb flavour.

Waitrose Hampshire-sired free-range pork is found in selected Waitrose stores in both pre-pack assortments and on the meat counter.

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Waitrose Berkshire sired free range pork

Waitrose Berkshire-sired free-range pork is reared on a dedicated farm in Suffolk. The pork comes from pigs sired by Berkshire boars and is outstandingly tender and succulent and packed with flavour.

Waitrose Berkshire-sired free-range pork is found in selected Waitrose stores on the meat counter.

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Waitrose Gloucestershire old spot sired free range pork

Gloucestershire Old Spot-sired free range pork is reared exclusively for Waitrose on just one farm in Wiltshire. The meat comes from pigs sired by Pedigree Gloucester Old Spot boars. The pork is highly marbled with fat, which means it’s juicy, tasty and wonderfully succulent.

Gloucestershire Old Spot-sired free range pork is found in the bacon and ham pre-packed ranges and sausages on the meat counter in selected stores.

Duchy from Waitrose organic pork

Our organic pork comes from a small number of farms in East Anglia and the south west, where the pigs are fed an organic diet and allowed to roam freely on land farmed to organic standards. The farms are independently monitored by the relevant organic accreditation bodies.

Duchy from Waitrose organic free range British pork can be found at all Waitrose stores and is available in pre-pack assortments.

FAQs

How does Waitrose ensure the quality of its pork?

All Waitrose farms are registered with the Red Tractor Farm Assurance Pigs Scheme and Comply with Waitrose’s very own standards which are independently audited.

All Waitrose British pork can be traced back to the group of farms where the pigs were reared. The meat is processed as a batch from farm to shelf so that its quality can be monitored throughout.

What does organic mean for Waitrose?

All organic sows live outdoors and are free to roam in large paddocks farmed to organic standards with access to straw-bedded arcs or tents. They are fed an organic, cereal based diet created by our dedicated and exclusive livestock nutritionist. The pigs are weaned at around seven weeks, when they move to their own organic paddock.

The pigs are raised free range outdoors in these paddocks. They are able to roam freely, with access to straw-bedded shelters, which keep them cool in the summer and warm in winter. Of course, they’re fed an organic cereal-based diet.